- Zee – worth it?
Rebuilding my bike currently and looks like I can pick up a pair of Zee cranks on their own without chaining fairly cheaply.. Which’d work well for me as I’d require a 32t up front anyway.
I’m currently on Deore triple cranks with the inner/outer rings removed and a Superstar chain device. Will I notice a difference in quality/ weight over my current setup?
Would like to hear anyone’s reviews that’s running these on their trail bike or if there’s anything better/ cheaper/ lighter out there for the money.
I’d be looking at buying a Hope chaining and bash, and keeping my current 1×9 setup for the moment, with a view to going 1×10 in the future, is this possible on the Hope chainings by just changing casette, chain and rear derailleur?
Any advice appreciated before I splash the cash!
Ben.Posted 4 years ago
I run Deore cranks. The Zee cranks appear to have a slightly beefier axle, and also steel inserts for the pedal threads.Posted 4 years ago
You might want to just stiuck with what you have. If you want a change, you could get your Deores chemically dipped, then polish them up a bit like this: http://www.velosolo.co.uk/jjcrank.htmlNorthwindSubscriber
The zee should be stronger but it’s not that much lighter (if at all, can’t remember exactly- deore is pretty damn good these days tbh)
As for chainrings, if you’re buying parts for 1x just now you should probably be buying a thick/thin chainring… (I haven’t used one with 1×9 though but for 1×10 it’s a no brainer)Posted 4 years agoYoKaiserSubscriber
I’ve a pair of Zee’s on my FS and I’m happy enough with them,they seem robust and work as they should, the biggest draw for me was I could get them in 165mm as I was suffering from quite a few pedal strikes with the 175mm I originally had fitted. Not bling I grant you but not that bad either.
Posted 4 years ago
Yeah think I’ll have a look at SLX or XT and if I can’t find anything suitable just keep what I’ve got. Any recommendations on chainrings? Was looking at the Hopes with integrated bash but not sure these are the thick/thin chain keepers everyone seems to rate.
I assume I can ditch the chain guide with a thick/thin too?Posted 4 years ago
YoKaiser – that’s eerie! Looks very similar to the Deore / RF thick/thin set up on my Scandal. The Zee looks a far better colour, though. Liking that – and it goes well with the frame colour, too.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve picked up two pairs of Deores over the years, complete with chainrings and BB, for £55 each. The touring version, with bigger rings, (26/36 from memory) allows you to also have a 2x setup – you just sell the dinner plate sized big ring and get a set of single ring chainring bolts. Or you can go 1x.YoKaiserSubscriber
Is that a 32t you have there? No chain rub?
Yes 32 and no chain rub.
YoKaiser – that’s eerie! Looks very similar to the Deore / RF thick/thin set up on my Scandal. The Zee looks a far better colour, though. Liking that – and it goes well with the frame colour, too.
Its really hard to see but the Zee stuff has a gold fleck through it, you only really notice it when its wet.
I assume I can ditch the chain guide with a thick/thin too?
The crank above has a Race Face thick thin and I haven’t dropped a chain yet, coupled with a clutch rear mech of course. I spent a week in Molini and it was plenty bumpy too.Posted 4 years ago
But honourablegeorge, I bet your SLX chainset can’t use a foot as a chinrest.
I was quite surprised with the weight difference between my Deore HTII + BB and an older XT HTII + BB – more like 60 grams there. Mind you, SLX is about the best compromise in my book.
(NB: raced the Dragons, including several Alps trips at the turn of the century on 1998 XTs with a square taper BB)Posted 4 years ago
Looking at these;
(Assuming the 10speed-ness doesnt matter as I’ll be getting new chainrings anyway)
Or thisPosted 4 years ago
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